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Poached Egg on Toast

Posted in Breakfast, Cooking, Food, Home Cooked Food with tags , , , , on January 13, 2008 by helenphillips

Yes, it’s another breakfast egg post….
I love a simple poached egg on toast, and as a bonus they’re pretty healthy.
However, I have never managed to poach egg ‘properly’. There are probably many theories on how to do this, but the most popular is:
Boil a Pan of water
Swirl the water to create a vortex
Drop in the egg.

I have been told that it is important that you have extremely fresh eggs.
I have also been told that it is important that you use eggs that have been kept in the fridge. I don’t keep mine in the fridge, so perhaps that’s why mine go horribly wrong.
So, I cheat. I use a poaching pan. It consists of a tray that holds 4 removable plastic pots. Boiling water is poured into the bottom of the pan, and the pots sit in this. Each pot needs to be greased with butter to prevent the egg from sticking. The eggs are then broken into the pots, and are cooked over the simmering water for approx 5-6 minutes (depending on size). Some people think that eggs cooked this way are a bit rubbery, but I find them to be delicious. And they do look rather amusing centred on a piece of toast….

For another alternative (and interesting!) method, follow the advice at the bottom of this link.

Soft Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

Posted in Breakfast, Cooking, Food, Home Cooked Food with tags , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2008 by helenphillips


I’ve got a stinking cold at the moment, and we didn’t make it to midnight last night. I did peep through the window when I heard the fireworks going off though!

Eddie made us boiled eggs this morning. This one is mine, served in an egg cup that I’ve had for around 25 years. There used to be a plate, and possibly a mug too, but I guess they got broken sometime over the years.

Now, I’m sure that there could be some debate about how to boil the perfect egg, but the technique perfected by Team Phillips is as follows:
Boil water in kettle
Place egg(s) in empty pan
Once water is boiled, carefully pour into pan (Eddie’s theory is that this avoid thermal shocking the eggs and making them crack)
Put on the heat for 5 minutes for medium, 6 for large.
In the meantime, toast bread, and butter.
I then prefer to cut off the crusts for dipping in the perfectly runny yolk, then spoon the remainder of the egg onto the remainder of the toast. Eddie also adds pepper.

However you eat yours, what better start to the New Year?